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Lt. Gov. Garcia takes Literacy Initiative to Northern Colorado

DENVER - Friday, November 4, 2011 - Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia takes the statewide listening tour to the northern region of Colorado to gain local insight and perspective on the critical issue of early childhood literacy. Community, foundation and education leaders will join Garcia on the Literacy Bus, which will visit 4 Colorado cities on November 7. The focus of the tour will be on hearing from local educators, business and community leaders, and parents on how to support their efforts on early literacy.


“Governor Hickenlooper and I believe the path to a prosperous Colorado begins with a well-educated workforce,” Garcia said. “Early reading success is an essential building block for academic growth and achievement.”


Mile High United Way is a lead partner with the Lieutenant Governor on the effort to strengthen early literacy in the state. Mile High United Way CEO Christine Benero will accompany Lt. Gov. Garcia on the tour. In addition, Serve Colorado, the University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University - Ft. Collins, The Pearson Foundation and Comcast are playing a prominent role in supporting the tour and working to advance literacy in the state. Mile High United Way recently received a $3.6 million Social Innovation Fund grant to boost literacy advancement programs across the state and is inviting qualified groups to apply for shares of the Social Innovation Fund grant.


The emphasis of the discussion will be on identifying and implementing programs that foster literacy from birth through age 8. Data from across the United States consistently show that literacy skills evolve from birth, and the intervention and education at the earliest stages of life are critical to literacy development.


Community conversations tour itinerary (Nov. 7):


9:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Fort Morgan, Pioneer Elementary School, 415 S. Spruce St.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Gilcrest, Gilcrest Elementary School, 1175 Birch St.
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Fort Collins, Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Avenue
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Loveland, Lincoln Elementary School, 3312 Douglas Ave.


The public is invited to join the Colorado conversation about early childhood literacy by attending one of the meetings and/or visiting: www.literacymatterscolorado.org